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Pets And Eye Health

It's clear we love our pets – and they love us! But to ensure that they can always see their best, it's important to pay close attention to their eyes. Eye problems can be caused by a variety of things including viruses, bacteria, disease, injuries or just simply dust and debris. Many of these issues can not only influence how well your pet can see, but they can also be painful, below are some signs to look for if you think your pet may be...

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Pets and eye health

Little Bea Undergoes Cataract Surgery

Everyone meet Little Bea! She is diabetic and developed cataracts secondary to her diabetes. She had cataract surgery performed at IndyVet in November of last year and has...

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Little Bea Undergoes Cataract Surgery

Cooper Loses Weight with IndyVet Feline Rehab

Cooper is a rescue with Indy Humane. When they received Cooper into their care he was a 36 pound cat! They are trying to get Cooper in shape and ready for adoption to be sure he can live life to his fullest potential. To help achieve his weight loss goals he is...

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Cooper Loses Weight with IndyVet Feline Rehab

Pets & Allergies

It's that time of year again, allergy season is upon us and unfortunately it doesn't just plague us, our pet's can be affected too.

There are 4 different categories of allergies we see in pets, and all of their effects manifest in the skin:...

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Pet And Allergies

Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet April 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As a pet owner, your animal’s health and safety is of top priority and that’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) provides a bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class. This course focuses on preparing pet owners for animal-related emergencies. The training class will be held at IndyVet’s facility on the city’s southeast side and provide participants with plenty of hands-on experience with ResusciDog – the life-sized canine mannequin. The Pet First Aid & CPR class will...

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Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet April 28th

Neurology And Oncology Services Coming To IndyVet

IndyVet Neurology services coming to IndyVet in September 2018 and Oncology services coming in January 2019...

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FREE Service Dog Eye Exams

IndyVet offers FREE eye exams to service dogs; registration ends April 30

Owners and handlers of certified active working dogs can register for free eye exams at IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, on Indy’s southeast side, April 1-30 as part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event taking place during the month of May.

IndyVet’s ophthalmologist Dr. Heidi Klein is joining hundreds of board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists spanning...

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FREE Service Dog Eye Exams

Stu - A Blood Donor Success Story

Meet Stu, Hulk, Leela, Brooklyn, Samson, Nala and Jamie! Stu presented to his referring veterinarian because he was acting lethargic and was not wanting to eat or drink water. After running some blood work, Stu's veterinarian referred Stu over to us because his hematocrit (ration in volume of red blood cells to total volume of blood) was very low and he wanted a more extensive workup done and knew Stu was going to need some intensive care and...

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Blood Donor Recipient

Indy Emergency Vet Looks To Increase Dog Blood Donors

March 19, 2018

We hear a lot about the importance of blood donations for people, but did you know man's best friend can donate too?

Canine blood donation is a big need that many may not have ever known about.

Hippo and her owner Sarah Bigelow visit IndyVet once a month to...

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Blood Donor Qualifications

Dental Care For Your Pet

March 8, 2018

Dental care is a daily ritual for us, and it should be for your pet too. Brushing and flossing your pet's teeth is not only good for them, but can also extend their life. Poor dental health can be associated with...

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Pet Dental Health

New Year, New Healthy Pet

February 7, 2018

The new year is a time of new beginnings for many of us, a time of reflection and resolutions for a better year, but what about our furry friends? Do you have any resolutions to help them lead...

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New Year, New Healthy Pet

Keeping Pets Safe This Winter

January 9, 2017

Unfortunately, when temperatures drop, your pets still need to go outside for a number of reasons, and even though they have some natural protection from the cold, it's still very important to make sure that you give them some additional protection.

The question is often asked "How cold is too cold?" and unfortunately...

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Keeping Pets Safe This Winter

Pets As Gifts

December 8, 2017

Is a new pet something that you or your loved one wants under the tree this year? The idea of giving someone the surprise of a pet sounds like a wonderful holiday gift idea, but giving a pet to someone comes with a serious level of commitment. If you're thinking about giving someone a pet this holiday season (or any other time of year!) there are...

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giving pets as gifts

Pocket Pets

November 8, 2017

Everyone loves small pets - guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, sugar gliders (if you're into the more exotic pocket pets), but other than their size, what's different about these pets that you need to know about? Today we'll limit the focus to guinea pigs, but your veterinarian should be able to help with any questions you may have about other pocket pets. Housing the pet, nutrition and...

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pocket pets

Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet November 4th

As a pet owner, your animal’s health and safety is of top priority and that’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) provides a bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class. This course focuses on preparing pet owners for animal-related emergencies. The training class will be held at IndyVet’s facility on the city’s southeast side and provide participants with plenty of hands-on experience with ResusciDog – the life-sized canine mannequin. The Pet First Aid & CPR class will...

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Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered at IndyVet

Halloween & Your Pets

October 11, 2017

In a few weeks, Trick-or-treaters will be knocking at your door. It's a great time of year and it can be enjoyable to let our furry friends in on the fun too. But between the costumes, candy and the holiday, it can be a little dangerous for your pet. Below are some tips to help maximize the fun, but make sure your dog or cat stay...

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halloween and your pets

Common Illnesses In Cats

September 6, 2017

Last month, we talked about canine influenza and how to recognize it, but cats are just as prone to getting sick as dogs, and the canine flu virus (H3N2) CAN also affect cats, giving them upper respiratory symptoms - runny eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and possible loss of appetite. In most cases, cat illnesses can be treated by your veterinarian with...

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Common Illnesses In Cats

Dog Flu Cases In Indiana

August 24, 2017

Dog flu cases have been popping up around Indiana recently, it's a highly contagious virus and unfortunately, not that uncommon. We love our pets and want to do our best to protect and take proper care of them, so that means learning how to recognize when there's something wrong. Below are some suggestions on recognizing flu symptoms in your dog and what to do if...

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Dog Flu Cases In Indiana

Top Mistakes Pet Owners Make

August 4, 2017

When it comes to our pets, we do our best to give them everything they need. They're a part of our family, and as such, we want what's best for them, but are we really providing our pets the best care possible? Today we'll examine the top 5 mistakes that many pet owners make:

  1. Not taking your pet to regular veterinary appointments. It's easy to explain away the need of...

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Top Mistakes Pet Owners Make

19th Annual - Pet Carnival Highlights

Every year, IndyVet hosts a FREE Pet Carnival and open house, as a way of giving back to the community and helping out local area animal shelters. This year's carnival was a hit, filled with frisbee dogs, face painters, police and agility demonstrations, best dressed pets and best pet trick competitions! Check out the recap and watch a video of some of the fun highlights from the 19th Annual IndyVet Pet Carnival!

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The 19th Annual Pet Carnival

The 19th Annual Pet Carnival

July 12, 2017

Humans and human’s best friends are invited to join IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital at their 19th annual free Pet Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15 right outside of the facility near Beech Grove, on Indy’s southeast side.

Attendees can browse over 25 central Indiana vendors featuring boarding and grooming salons, food delivery services, pet supplies, homemade fashions and...

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The 19th Annual Pet Carnival

Canine Competitions

June 6, 2017

It's important to keep your dog active as part of a healthy lifestyle. You can certainly walk your dog or run with your them, but there are also all kinds of other activities and competitions that you can get your dog into to help them stay active. Everything from agility competitions, disc tournaments (frisbee throwing and rolling), obedience competitions and more!

At this year's Pet Carnival, we'll be showcasing all of these activities and...

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Canine Competitions

Aging Pets

May 9, 2017

Thanks to better pet food and better medical attention, our furry friends are living longer lives than ever! But sadly, nothing can stop the aging process, and age is relative depending on the type of pet you have. For example, cats start to slow down at 10 - 12 years, small dogs are entering old age between 8 and 10 years old, and larger breed dogs like Great Danes may show signs of old age as quickly as 5 or 6 years.

As your pet ages, it is important to...

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Aging Pets

Canine Blood Donor Drive - April 22, 2017

April 2017

IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), central Indiana’s original 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary center, will host a canine blood donor drive for central Indiana dog owners from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 22 at its facility right off I-465 and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ southeast side.

For many medical conditions and procedures a transfusion is a clinical necessity, without animal blood donors, veterinarians could not undertake important and often life-saving treatments. The IndyVet donor program was created to...

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Canine Blood Donor Drive

Medical Alert Dogs - Part 2

March 8, 2017

Medical alert dogs are specially trained dogs that can detect medical conditions in people to assist them in controlling or preventing severe consequences that may occur that could be life threatening.

Medical alert service dogs have very special talents to be able to detect conditions such as low or high blood sugar (Diabetes alert dogs), impending seizures (Seizure alert dogs), severe drops or elevations in blood pressure (Cardiac alert dogs) and other conditions. This unique talent has to be detected and then further conditioned by intensive training. Many of the medical alert service dogs go through...

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Medical Alert Dogs

Medical Alert Dogs - Part 1

February 17, 2017

We all know that dogs make fantastic pets and can help to enrich our lives every day, but did you know that many can also be trained to be the difference between life and death? Medical alert dogs have been specially trained to help people identify the onset of a medical condition such as a seizure, or diabetes, and can help their owner safely prevent or handle their condition.

Certain dogs can use their keen sense of smell - up to 10,000 times more powerful than ours - to sense a medical condition in a person and alert their owner to prevent a crisis from occurring. For example, seizure alert dogs can detect a seizure up to a minute or two prior to the seizure and alert their owner to...

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Medical Alert Dogs

Take A Veterinary Heart Quiz

January 25, 2017

Question:
Do dogs and cats have “heart attacks" like people?

Answer:
No. (More precisely, very rarely)

A heart attack in people is a condition where one or more of the blood vessels supplying the heart become occluded so that part of the heart muscle dies leading to sudden and potentially fatal heart failure. This condition very rarely...

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Take A Veterinary Heart Quiz

Common Pet Injuries

January 10, 2017

Pets are a unique part of our families and they behave like furry children in more ways than one. Sometimes they get hurt and it’s helpful to know how to spot the difference between something serious and something that is not. Sometimes accidents happen or play gets too rough, but by knowing more about which injuries are more common you should be able to recognize when something is serious and needs attention from your veterinarian...

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Take A Veterinary Heart Quiz

IndyVet Holiday Pet Drive

December 10, 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but a lot of animal shelters struggle daily with having enough supplies to take care of all of the animals they take in. This holiday season, IndyVet is continuing their tradition of a holiday drive to benefit local shelters. Donations received this year will benefit Bartholomew County Humane Society and Waldo's Muttley Crew.

Many of these organizations don’t have regular funding, they only survive through donations, and so we like to support their efforts.

This year, you can help...

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IndyVet Holiday Pet Drive

Travel Safely With Pets This Holiday Season!

December 5, 2016

According to the American Pet Products Association there are 78 million dogs in the U.S. and each year, more and more pets are traveling with their owners to pet parks, restaurants and pet-friendly destinations, especially during the holidays and winter months. The problem is, the vast majority of owners are traveling with their pets unrestrained. Many people just don’t realize that an unrestrained dog or cat riding in a vehicle can be a ...

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Travel Safely With Pets This Holiday Season!

Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus

June 14, 2016

What if your large dog started salivating and retching, seemed uncomfortable or restless, and appeared to have a distended abdomen? What would you do?

  1. Take to the veterinarian immediately

  2. Take outside for a walk until feeling better

  3. Give some Pepto-Bismol and massage the abdomen until belching occurs

  4. Roll the pet on to their back and rub their belly until the condition resolves

Bloat in dogs is a very...

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Gastric-Dilation-Volvulus

New Pet Ordinances In Marion County

June 10, 2016

Are you familiar with the new legal requirements that Indianapolis Marion County residents need to know about their pets? When it gets hot in Indianapolis there is a new law that became effective in September 2015 that pet owners will need to take notice of regarding their furry friends. New rules regarding tethering, enclosure sizes, shelter requirements, and special requirements for extreme weather are now in effect for this summer. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is responsible for enforcing the ordinances, and can fine violators, or impound the pet.

Here are the pertinent factors that the law addresses...

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New Pet Ordinances In Marion County

IndyVet Is Proud To Welcome Leslie Moore, DVM, MS

We are proud to announce that Leslie Moore, DVM, MS will be joining the surgery team at IndyVet.

Leslie completed her master’s degree and residency in small animal surgery at Auburn University. A native of Dallas, Texas, Leslie studied neuroscience and behavior at Columbia University in New York before moving back to Texas to pursue her passion for veterinary medicine.

Leslie obtained...

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Leslie Moore, DVM, MS

Pet First Aid & CPR Training Offered At IndyVet April 23

IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, will host its bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23

This four-hour class will educate pet owners on how to handle and access a variety of animal-related scenarios. Dr. Jim Speiser, owner of IndyVet, will cover emergency topics including vomiting, trauma, shock, bleeding, choking, poisoning, heat stroke, broken bones, burns, paralysis and...

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IndyVet Offers Pet First Aid & CPR Training April 23, 2016

Veterinary Phone Consultation: How Can Your Vet Advise You Over The Phone?

February 3, 2016

“Dr. Smith, thank you for taking my phone call. Fido has vomited three times today and I want to know if I can give him Pepto Bismol?” “Well Mrs. Jones, let me ask you some questions about Fido. Is this vomiting or regurgitation? Has there been any vomiting prior to today? What was in the vomit? Has he been eating? Has he been drinking an adequate volume? Is he dehydrated? Has he gotten...

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Veterinary Phone Consultation

7 Secrets To Assure Your Pet Lives A Long Life

January 20, 2016

Many of us are very attached to our pets. They give us unconditional love and are part of the family. So naturally we want them to be around for as long as they can! But in order to do that, what can you do to better enhance and prolong your pet’s life? We’ll tell you:

  1. Feed your pet the correct volume of a good premium commercial food. A homemade diet of meat and grains will not be superior to a premium commercial diet. Feed an amount that maintains an ideal weight for your pet, which may be more or less than the recommended amount of food on the can or box. Each pet is an individual and will require a different caloric intake based on...

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7 Secrets To Assure Your Pet Lives A Long Life

Hypothermia In Pets

January 14, 2016

How are arctic animals able to sleep outside in frigid temperatures, and our pets can’t? Animals in the arctic adapt to the frigid temperatures by increasing their metabolism to “turn up their furnace,” by growing a very thick and unique hair coat that retains heat, and by altering blood flow to exposed tissue to prevent frostbite.

Most of our pets don’t have, and cannot accomplish these...

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Hypothermia In Pets

IndyVet Collects Half Ton of Donations for Bartholomew County Humane Society

During this past holiday season, IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) joined forces with two veterinary practice partners, Athens Animal Clinic and Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center, along with Ivy Tech Community College – all in Columbus – in addition to Pet Supplies Plus on Indy’s southside to collect over a half a ton of...

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IndyVet Collects Half Ton of Donations

IndyVet Hosts Holiday Pet Drive

IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, is collecting donations, pet food and a wide array of supplies to benefit hundreds of animals temporarily homed at the Bartholomew County Humane Society

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IndyVet Host Holiday Pet Drive

Alarming Symptoms In Aging Cats

October 16, 2015

Unfortunately we all experience changes in our body as we age, and for cats, there’s no exception. But cats are notorious for masking symptoms of disease, so it’s important to take action if you suspect something may be a little off, rather than waiting to see if it gets better on its own.

Common health issues we see in older cats include kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

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Alarming Symptoms In Aging Cats

What Are Common Causes Of Anemia In Pets?

October 9, 2015

Anemia is the condition of not having enough red blood cells. Red blood cells are basically bags of an oxygen carrier called hemoglobin that distributes oxygen to the body.

Anemia is separated into two types. The first type is called regenerative anemia and is a condition where there are less than adequate red blood cells, but the bone marrow is responding by releasing more young red blood cells than normal, so that the anemia is improving. The second type is called non-regenerative anemia where the anemia is not being corrected by the...

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What Are Common Causes Of Anemia In Pets?

TPLO Surgery & Post-op Therapy for Dogs

Did you know torn ACL’s are one of the most common orthopedic conditions we treat? It can affect all ages of dogs, but is usually a gradual degenerative injury. Whereas with humans, it’s moreso due to trauma. If one knee ruptures, there’s around a 30% chance the other might give out as well. Neeva, almost 2 years old, had...

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TPLO Surgery & Post-op Therapy for Dogs

IndyVet Hosts Canine Blood Donor Open House September 26

IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), central Indiana’s original 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary center, will host a canine blood donor open house for central Indiana dog owners from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, September 26 at its facility right off I-465 and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ southeast side.

IndyVet will host two informative presentations on the unique blood donor program for...

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IndyVet Hosts Canine Blood Donor Open House September 26

Elvis Recovers From A Broken Pelvis And Fractured Hip

We first met Elvis when he was a rescue dog at the Bartholomew County Humane Society. As part of his rehabilitation program to help heal his broken pelvis and fractured hip, we took him through 8 weeks of balance, coordination, and...

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Elvis Recovers From A Broken Pelvis And Fractured Hip

Backyard BBQ Precautions

August 31, 2015

Summertime might be winding down, but grilling season still runs through the fall, especially with Labor Day and football around the corner! But when you’re entertaining in the backyard with your pet/s around, you’ll need to take some precaution so we don’t see you in ...

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Backyard BBQ Precautions

Pippin's Success Story

Pippin jumped down wrongly from his mother's lap. Immediately, we noticed impaired mobility. By the next afternoon, he was completely paralyzed in his front limbs. Being a 12-year-old dog, we thought...

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Pippin's Success Story

Pet Proofing Your Backyard

August 14, 2015

With a little over a month left of summer, you might still find yourself trying to tackle backyard projects complete with building materials, ladders, paints, stains, or gardening supplies. But when these projects include our pets, there might be some consequences that could result in injury or intoxication if you don’t think of your pet’s safety. Here are a few recommendations to help ...

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Pet Proofing Your Backyard

Laser Therapy In Pets

August 7, 2015

Laser therapy in veterinary medicine is being used more commonly as a therapeutic aid to many different maladies. There are two types of lasers used in veterinary medicine. There are surgical lasers, which are used as a scalpel to cut tissue, and then there are therapeutic lasers that are used to help tissue heal.

What is a laser? LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Wow! What this means is...

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Laser Therapy In Pets

Why Do Cats and Dogs Eat Grass?

July 24, 2015

Many people ask why their cat or dog goes out and eats grass, only to later vomit. I too often have wondered and have heard the various theories. Here are some of the common explanations and my thoughts on...

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Why Do Cats and Dogs Eat Grass?

10 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer In Pets

June 26, 2015

Would you know how to detect cancer in your pet? Early cancer detection is associated with the best outcomes and in many cases a cure...

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10 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer In Pets

Bee Stings & Pet First Aid

June 19, 2015

The warmer months bring out stinging insects that our furry friends can have a bad encounter with. Dogs will occasionally chase and snap at bees and wasps, while cats can find these moving objects interesting enough to paw at, catch, or play with. And then this curiosity results in a sting! When our pets get stung, they might need some home remedy or veterinary care depending on the severity of their reaction.

Here are some things you can watch for and do at home if your pet gets stung by...

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Bee Stings & Pet First Aid

Why Does My Pet Scratch All The Time?

June 12, 2015

Cats and dogs can be very hard to live with when they are itchy! Here are some of the most common reasons why they might be ...

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Why Does My Pet Scratch All The Time?

Facts On Fleas

May 29, 2015

How much do you know about fleas? You probably won’t believe how quickly (and how much) they reproduce! Here are some interesting facts that might...

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Facts On Fleas

When Curious Puppies Get Stuck

May 22, 2015

Dogs and cats have a tendency to stick their heads into places they should not. That perilous attribute of our furry friends has been the source of more than a few interesting stories! I often think of an experience that my wife (also a veterinarian) had early in her career that demonstrates...

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When Curious Puppies Get Stuck

Tips For Pet Travel

May 15, 2015

Some pet owners opt to board their pet when they travel, but others like to take their companions with them! Here are some tips to make travel easier and safe for both you and your...

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Tips For Pet Travel

Is Fido Guzzling An Excessive Amount Of Water? How To Manage Diabetes In Your Pet – The New Way!

May 8, 2015

As obesity in our pets continues to rise, so does the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin. Insulin is required for the cells in the body to take in and utilize a sugar called glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose accumulates in the blood stream and eventually...

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Manage Diabetes In Your Pet

Your Dog Ate What?

May 1, 2015

Over 30 years of veterinary practice has taught me one lesson: the creativity of a dog’s appetite has no boundaries. If a dog can swallow it, they will! Here are some...

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Your Dog Ate What?

6 Important Facts To Know About Canine Influenza

April 21, 2015

Recent reports of fatal dog flu in Chicago have created a maelstrom of concern for central Indiana dog owners. Here are some important facts you need to know:

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6 Important Facts To Know About Canine Influenza

Should My Dog Get The Canine Influenza Vaccine?

April 21, 2015

I am not going to give you a definitive “yes” or “no” answer to this question. You have to decide if it is best for your dog, just like you decide if you should...

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Should My Dog Get The Canine Influenza Vaccine?


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